Founded in 1959 in Mainz, the Middlebury School in Germany provides students with the opportunity to live, study, and socialize with Germans and immerse themselves completely in the local culture.

This program is for students with a well-developed proficiency in German who can adhere to the Middlebury Language Pledge® while abroad. The Pledge shows a commitment to linguistic immersion and is the key to students’ successful language development and cultural integration. Middlebury applicants will have completed six semesters of college-level German or the equivalent before attending the program. Students from other institutions who have completed a minimum of four semesters may be admitted after an assessment by the program director.

Upon arrival, students are supported by Babel-Guides for help with the bureaucratic steps included in city registration and university enrollment. During the orientation period, students become familiar with the academic system, their host university, and the city they live in. Through culture projects, they immediately begin to pursue their own interests, explore their city, and speak with native speakers from day one.


Mainz is a city at the heart of the Rhine-Main area, about 30 min from Frankfurt International Airport. Students can experience the legendary Gemütlichkeit of the Rhineland while enrolling in courses alongside their German peers in fields ranging from art history to physics at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.

Berlin and Potsdam

In Berlin, students enjoy a metropolitan experience in a city of 3.5 million inhabitants while taking courses at Freie Universität, one of the capital's two public universities. Enrolling in courses in any number of disciplines, students study and live in this very international yet very German city.

In Potsdam, students get the best of both the capitals of Brandenburg and Berlin state. They enroll at the Universität Potsdam in any number of disciplines and can enjoy the Mediterranean flair of the park surrounding the Neue Palais and Sans Souci Castle and also visit Berlin's museum island and then take in one of Berlin's music clubs at night.

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